Resource Assessment


University of the Highlands and Island’s researchers are experts in making oceanographic measurements in challenging high energy environments. Our measurements can be used to validate in-house numerical models at varying levels of resolution as and well as provide essential metocean data for marine renewable energy installations.

  • Tidal resource assessment 
  • Wave climate assessment
  • Device-environment interaction (e.g. turbulence and array effects) 
  • Weather windowing
  • Wave forecasting 
  • Sensor deployment
  • Historic and natural environment assessment

Stornoway - Lews Castle College UHI

Wave energy resource assessment; data acquisition; wave forecasting; sensor deployment in one of the most energetic areas of coastline in western Europe. Development of wave resource datasets for developers; characterisation of wave spectra and the development of analytical and computational models.

Thurso - Environmental Research Institute

Physical oceanography/modelling including tidal resource assessment and wave climate assessment; modelling turbulence and
array effects; climatology including weather windowing; wave-current interactions; and tidal current, wave, and offshore wind.

Orkney - Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology

Historic environment resource and impact assessment; marine and terrestrial geophysical survey; laser scanning; landscape survey and GIS, peat, palaeoenvironment and past climate change; energy developments and the historic environment; marine spatial planning.

Oban - Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)

Physical oceanography and modelling across a variety of scales from tidal channels to continental shelves. SAMS specialises in robotic and autonomous sensing technology, and is home to the Scottish Marine Robotics Facility, which supports cutting-edge research programmes in the UK and internationally, in addition to providing valuable MetOcean survey, monitoring, and model validation services.